New York-based indie film producer-distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired the North American rights to Alexandria Bombach’s award-winning documentary On Her Shoulders.
The 94-minute film provides an intimate portrait of Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old woman who survived the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis and sexual slavery committed by ISIS. Giving testimony before the U.N. Security Council, Murad was thrust into the international spotlight and became the face of the Yazidis.
Filmed at the peak of her advocacy campaign, On Her Shoulders provides insight into Murad’s life as she navigates bureaucracy, fame and people’s good intentions — from Greek refugee camps to media interviews and countless one-on-one meetings with top government officials — while exposing the toll the work takes on her.
On Her Shoulders enjoyed its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and won Bombach the Directing Award for U.S. Documentary.
The doc will next screen at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival, which runs March 9 – 18 in Austin, Texas. Oscilloscope is planning to theatrically release the film later in 2018.
The film was produced by Hayley Pappas of RYOT Films and Brock Williams alongside executive producers Bryn Mooser (RYOT), Matt Ippolito, Marie Therese Guirgis, Adam Bardach, and Alison Klayman.
On Her Shoulders was acquired by Oscilloscope from RYOT. The deal was negotiated by UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers.
Alexandria Bombach is represented by UTA.
“In a landscape filled with documentaries advocating for much needed social causes, I’ve never before seen one that advocates for the advocates themselves,” said Oscilloscope president Dan Berger in a statement. “Alexandria’s film, through its deeply personal and intimate depiction, not only sheds light on the unimaginable horrors of a certain genocide, but also introduces us to a woman whose resounding and unflinching strength enables her to endure a burden that most people could never even imagine. Without the Nadia Murad’s of this world, we’d be in a much worse place.”